If How to Destroy Angels’ new video for “The Space in Between” is an accurate reflection of Trent Reznor’s mind, married life has not tempered his dark worldview one bit. In the clip for Reznor and his wife Maandig Mariqueen’s new project, the couple lay bloodied in a hotel room, the gunshot victims of either a grisly double killing or, even more pessimistically, a murder-suicide. For the video’s duration, Reznor remains frozen in a pool of his own blood while Maandig lifelessly mouths the lyrics to “The Space in Between,” even as a spreading fire engulfs her and her husband. How to Destroy Angels’ Atticus Ross ominously sits in a chair smoking a cigarette while the cameras survey the crime scene. The brutal video, which Nine Inch Nails fans will surely welcome into the Reznor canon of controversial clips alongside “Closer” and “Happiness in Slavery,” was directed by Rupert Sanders.
As Rolling Stone previously reported, How to Destroy Angels will release their self-titled six-song EP this summer. The band hasn’t specified a release date, but considering they’ve dropped first single “A Drowning” and the video for “The Space in Between” in the span of two weeks, fans can probably expect HTDA’s debut EP sooner rather than later. Reznor, who assuaged concerns about the fate of his most famous project when he said, “Nine Inch Nails is not dead” during a Facebook Q&A, said HTDA will next finish work on a full-length album due out in 2011 with a tour maybe to follow. Reznor accentuated the “maybe” because, just last year, Trent bid goodbye to Nine Inch Nails as a live band with a series of farewell shows.